Paul Gregg

Jack of all Tech.

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On Software and Game Copyright and Second Hand sales.

  This morning I got into a little twitter spat with a local game developer Matt Johnston. Basically he is arguing against companies like GameStop because they do not provide any revenue back to the original developers of the game. As he is a game developer, he is very obviously on the side of the […]

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Experts Exchange, Google, AllFAQ.org and misappropriation of copyright.

Opinion Piece I was googling (as a verb) and came across a rather peculiar message at the bottom of Google’s search results: In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused […]

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The O2 Joggler – A first hack.

If you were not aware – O2 last week reduced the price of the O2 Joggler from £149.99 to £99.99 to £49.99.  Nothing remarkable in price reductions, however what is remarkable is what you actually get for your money. The O2 Joggler is a silent 7″ touchscreen device with Intel Atom Z520 running at 1.3Ghz, […]

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Is BT still collecting usage data?

After the recent scandal over BT using Phorm (see here and here) is it still possible that BT is still covertly collecting data profiling its user’s internet usage? I have, as part of my home BT Total Broadband package, a HUAWEI Mobile Connect 3G Modem.  This is a USB dongle that provides internet service.   I […]

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Borland, Farewell my sweet.

Today, May 6 2009, marks the day that Borland, that once great master of all software development has finally recognised there was no other recourse but to up and sell itself off in order to survive. Back when I was a teenager, in the early 80s and personal computing was coming to the fore – […]

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PHP algorithms: Determining if an IP is within a specific range.

I spend a lot of time lurking in the #PHP channel (efnet and freenode, please – no flamewars) and this topic is a commonly asked one that usually gets a simplified answer in the form of using strpos(), or at best an ip2long() in a greater than and less than answer. Unfortunately although people usually […]

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